Sometimes all I can do is shake my head at people.

My daughter and son-in-law adopted a rabbit over the winter that was hopping around their yard.

It was extremely cold, and the rabbit, which they named Oreo, was hungry.

They bought feed and borrowed a cage to make sure it had a place to eat and stay warm.

They had no idea where the rabbit came from, and were set to hand it over to my wife’s co-worker, whose son recently lost a rabbit and wanted another.

They continued to feed him, and tried to catch him, so he could be taken to its new owners.

It was going to go to a good home until a neighbor told them it belonged to another family in the neighborhood.

Unfortunately, the owners didn’t care enough about Oreo to take care of him. He had been hopping around the neighborhood looking for food and shelter for some time before he found it thanks to my Claire and Trent.

A few weeks ago, they noticed he wasn’t coming around anymore, and they hoped the owners were finally taking care of it.

Last week, that hope ended when they found Oreo dead in their yard.

It looks like it may have been attacked by another animal.

This should not have happened, but it did because the owners cared less about their rabbit than Claire and Trent did.

I hope these people do not get another animal because they clearly don’t care enough to take care of one.

It’s hard to fathom why these people even had a rabbit.

Did they had a child who wanted one, and they relented?

Was it given to them?

Did they find it?

None of that really matters because once they had the rabbit, it was their responsibility to care for it.

I come at this from the perspective of an animal lover.

We have two basset hounds and a 17-year old cat that my son, Alek, brought home when it was a kitten, saving it from a family that would not have their cat fixed, but poisoned the offspring.

My wife wasn’t thrilled to have a cat in the house at first, but she went out and bought everything we needed to raise it.

The cat’s made the trip from Kansas to Nebraska and is still hanging in there.

Our two dogs are treated like family, sometimes even better.

Having pets is a responsibility, and not everyone takes it seriously, and that is wrong.

It’s so sad that Oreo is gone, but at least he knew he was cared about for a little while.

 

Patrick Murphy, editor-publisher of the Humphrey Democrat and Newman Grove Reporter in Nebraska, is a former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.